NZ hand Test call-up to Sodhi
New Zealand's search for a Test match spinner has taken a new turn with Ish Sodhi named in the squad to play two Tests against Bangladesh.
The Northern Districts 20-year-old has been playing in India with the New Zealand A side which drew both their internationals with India A.
Sodhi, who took two for 100 in the first four-day game and nought for 69 in the second, won his place ahead of fellow leg-spinner, and last year's tourist to Sri Lanka, Todd Astle who took three for 106 and two for 96 in the two matches.
Also selected and making the step up to Test match cricket is Corey Anderson, 22, who helped his cause with a century in the second game against India A.
New general manager of selection Bruce Edgar said the squad built on the team that toured England and was based around consistent selection.
"Bangladesh have proved over the years that they are a difficult opponent in their own backyard. But our preparations in Sri Lanka will certainly help us be ready for the sub-continent conditions," he said.
Unavailable for consideration due to injuries were Martin Guptill, Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee.
Coach Mike Hesson said the party selected had plenty of options for the Test matches in Chittagong and Dhaka.
"Both players [Sodhi and Anderson] have been on our radar and we've been pleased with the consistency Ish showed with the ball on the NZ A tour while Corey made an impressive century earlier this week.
"Corey gives the squad options as he can bat in the top six and provide useful seam bowling," he said.
The team leaves on September 22 for Sri Lanka to prepare for the tour which starts on October 4 with a three-day warm-up game in Chittagong.
The first Test will start on October 9 at Chittagong and the second Test on October 21 at Dhaka. One-Day Internationals will follow on October 29, November 1 and 4 with a Twenty20 international on November 6.
New Zealand will then play five ODIs in Sri Lanka on Nov 10, 12, 16, 19 and 21.
The team is: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.